New meanings for Upright

The morning Light and Shadows of January in Honolulu

The morning Light and Shadows of January in Honolulu

Good Evening, God!

Today, an early morning walk with a dear friend and then a brief solo morning jog soothed me and cleared my head. Being with friends — being outdoors — both are therapeutic.

But the day shifted from soothing to challenging. I went with Kit to his chiropractor, Dr. Cracknell. Usually, I watch Kit get worked on. Aaah, but  TODAY both of us were treated to an impromptu class.

It seems that nowadays NO ONE knows how to Stand, Sit or Walk. Blame it on school work or computers or the absence of strict parents and grandparents — the result is that we Westerners have our heads stuck forward. We are not like the African women who, thanks to perfect bodily alignment, can carry heavy pots on their heads.

During this “class,” Dr. Cracknell explained that if our head is one inch forward of plumb, we double the stress on our back muscles. If our head is two inches forward we quadruple our muscle stress. It is an exponential relationship. Yikes!

Well, understanding is not enough! Both Kit and I have to learn how to DO it. We have to find and strengthen the small muscles that are designed to do the constant work of holding us upright.

I just reread what I said —  that it’s small muscles that work all the time to keep us Upright. Wow! That’s the same way we keep morally upright, isn’t it! It’s a constant flow of small choices — and small decisions — that helps keep us from big temptations. And, DUH! It is how we regulate our weight, too! And, oh yes, also our spending.

Aah, God, I am beginning to see that becoming upright affects all my many layers. Please help me!

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One comment on “New meanings for Upright
  1. Sandy B. says:

    I like this! Heehee, when I got to the second paragraph, I found myself quickly trying to straighten up from the slouching position in my chair… : ) I also like the analogy to eating and spending decisions. Thanks!

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